With more than 7,500 people and more than 70 tons of snow, last year’s Winter Family Festival was a major success. Presented by the Studio City Residents Association (SCRA) and Studio City Recreation Center, the free event, the largest to-date, featured a wide range of activities for children and their families, with snow and slides, restaurants sampling free food, charities collecting donations and more attendees than ever before. At the center of the excitement was the snow that turned “Beeman Park” into a winter wonderland. Kids and adults alike enjoyed sledding down four slides as well as playing in a snow field.
The Festival also featured photos with Santa shot by professional photographer Will Tee Yang; gingerbread-house decorating; face painting; craft-making; and the opportunity to take a photo against a green screen with a special surprise, courtesy of NBCUniversal.
In addition, guests were treated to samples from local restaurants that participated in the on-site “A Taste of the Holidays” including Local Ice, Pizza Rev, The Village, Chin Chin, Gangadin, The Front Yard, Lemonade, The Six, Blue Can Water and Hyperion Public.
The SCRA and the Studio City Recreation Center thank all of the sponsors and the many volunteers, including the Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Division Cadets and El Camino Real Charter High School NJROTC, without whom this event would not happen. This year, Major Supporters included CBS Studio Center, NBCUniversal and BLVD Hotels. Presenting sponsors included the Studio City Business District, Harvard-Westlake School, Anita Hirsh, Bryan Abrams/Your Source for Studio City Realty, Oakwood School, Veterinary Medical Center of Studio City and Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Event sponsors included the Studio City Chamber of Commerce, the Studio City Farmers Market, Star Parking, Studio City Lifestyle Magazine, the Studio City Neighborhood Council, Shaolin American Self-Defense Academy, Bridges Academy, Sportsmen’s Lodge, and Campbell Hall.
A highlight of the Winter Family Festival, the on-site “Festival of Giving” provided festival-goers the opportunity to give back to the community by donating canned/packaged food; new, unwrapped toys; baby diapers/bottles/formula; pet food, toys, treats and blankets; new/gently used kids’ books (K-12); and new/gently used clothing and blankets to benefit the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry; St. Charles Service Center, the LAPD North Hollywood Division Gift and Food Drive, Aviva Family & Children’s Services; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Best Friends, and Iris Blossom Charities.
Guests were treated to live music by local schools, community groups and professional bands, including Urban Lotus Music Studio; Walter Reed Middle School Jazz Band A; Campbell Hall World Drumming Ensemble; Harvard Westlake’s A Capella Group; Studio City Recreation Center’s Youth Program featuring Tai Chi, Piano, Dance and Sewing; and singer Kerri Medders. The Winter Family Festival stage was hosted by The Amazing Kid Company which danced with many of the kids and offered prizes from the stage.